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Central Illinois Red Cross Tips for a Safe Fourth of July
An estimated 5,200 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms from June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012.
The American Red Cross would like everyone to enjoy a safe summer holiday, and offers these special tips on travel, water safety, fireworks and outdoor cooking safety to help you and your loved ones have a great weekend.
Travel tips to keep you safe on the highway:
Carry an Emergency Preparedness Kit in your trunk.
Buckle up, slow down and if you plan on drinking, designate a driver.
Be well rested and alert; give your full attention to the road.
Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see well, especially at night.
Pay attention to the forecast for your destination. Travel and weather web sites can help you avoid storms.
Let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, an estimated 5,200 fireworks-related injuries were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms from June 22, 2012 and July 22, 2012. You can enjoy these Fourth of July staples safely by doing the following:
Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
Keep a supply of water close-by as a precaution.
Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
Stay at least 500 feet away from professional fireworks displays.
Leave any area immediately where untrained amateurs are using fireworks.
Nothing says summer quite like the smell of barbecue. Make sure safety is a key ingredient in your Fourth of July by reading the following tips for safer grilling:
Use gas and charcoal barbecue grills outside only.
Position grills far from siding, deck railings, overhanging branches and house eaves.
Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grill area.
Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
Water safety at the pool and beach:
Swim in a supervised, marked area with a lifeguard present, and swim with others. Never swim alone.
Adults should never leave a child unobserved around water. Practice "reach supervision" by staying within an arm's length of young children and weak swimmers.
Watch for the "dangerous too's"... too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity.
Post CPR instructions and directions to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number in the pool area.